Showing posts from August, 2012

Global City Indicators Facility

By Renard Teipelke Original and credits
“The Global City Indicators Facility provides an established set of city indicators with a globally standardized methodology that allows for global comparability of city performance and knowledge sharing.” This web-based relational database website, Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF), is based at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design of the University of Toronto in Canada and has on its executive committees both officials (partly elected politicians) from cities of various size and region and representatives from international organizations such as UN-Habitat or ICLEI. The indicator themes are organized in two main categories: City services: education, finance, recreation, governance, energy, transportation, wastewater, fire and emergency response, health, safety, solid waste, urban planning, water.Quality of life: civic enga…

Portugal has plenty of points of interest where you can still view the country of Vasco da Gama

Original - THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY  WHO HAS WRITTEN 110 POSTS ON TIPS FROM THE T-LIST. Once one of Europe’s greatest superpowers, Portugal has plenty of points of interest where you can still view the country of Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan. Whatever kind of vacation you’re taking in Portugal, there’s plenty of places to visit that will take your breath away as much as the Mediterranean heat. This list has been compiled by yourgolftravel, and includes some of the best things to do near their resorts when you’re taking some time off from the course. Belem Tower in Lisbon Belem is near the capital of Lisbon, and is where Magellan and da Gama once loaded their ships in preparation for their voyages to the New World. Belem’s selection of cultural venues and striking monuments makes for one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the Med, so it’s no wonder than Belem is one of the most visited areas in Europe. Ponta de Piedad…

1000 flowers on Twitter


Destination Branding is Difficult and Calls for a Different Approach (Part One)

Destination Branding is Difficult and Calls for a Different Approach (Part One) original / source

by Bill Baker
I really agree with the comments by Jonathan Bernstein, executive director for brand strategy forInterbrand Singapore in the Cebu Sun Star, who said “Out of all the brands that need to be developed, destination branding is the most challenging.” He added, “Many people confuse a brand for a logo, a tagline or an advertising campaign. With products, companies only need to show the economic value for the consumer. But with places are much more complex.” He explained so many things influence a destination, such as heritage, history, food and the people while there are many things beyond the control of the destination’s brand developers. For Bernstein, a brand is a reputation. “Everything you do will build or take away from your reputation.” Bernst…

Portugal promotes local wines with free wine tasting in Lisbon

Posted by:  on Jul 18, 2012 | No Comments Gastrodiplomacy and oenology come together in Lisbon’s famous Plaça do Comércio during free wine tastings throughout the week. I had the pleasure of spending four days in sunny Lisbon last week, as a tourist. Imagine my surprise (and delight!) to find out that there was a free wine tasting going on every hour, on the hour right in central Lisbon. The Wines of Portugal center is a non-profit venue that is sponsored by Portuguese vintners. Guests can taste four different wines (two whites and two reds) from different regions around Portugal. The center works hand in hand with Viniportugal, a trade association that promotes Portugues wines, brandies and vinegar in domestic and international markets. In exchange for the free wine tasting, the center asks guests to fill out a survey to find out which nationalities are present as well as which wines were most appreciated. The only downfall was that the wines were …

How Europe's New Gold Standard Undermines Democracy

How Europe's New Gold Standard Undermines Democracy by Matthias Matthijs  |   1:39 PM August 24, 2012

top story today by me


read more BBC News - Brand GB – a good - Ask foreigners to describe Britain and they will often reflect on a people obsessed with their past and resigned to their fate. We have a reputation for reserved introspection. The Diamond Jubilee ...

Turismo quer chegar aos 2 milhões de dormidas de estrangeiros

Por  , com Lusa 0 Foto: Nataniel Diogo A Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal (ATP), que apresentou esta quinta-feira o novo portal de turismo regional, quer atingir este ano os 2 milhões de dormidas de visitantes estrangeiros na região. Segundo a directora executiva da entidade, Helena Gonçalves, tal implicará um aumento de 115 mil dormidas face a 2011, mas a região está “no bom caminho” com a subida de 4,8% (706.430, contra 674.265 em 2011) registado nos primeiros 5 meses do ano, considerados um “período crítico”. “De Junho a Dezembro estão previstas mais 250 a 300 mil dormidas, pelo que estamos no bom caminho para atingir os 2 milhões”, sustentou. Apostada em assegurar o crescimento sustentado do turismo na região, a ATP – agência regional de promoção turística do Porto e Norte responsável pela promoção externa da região – propõe-se alcançar em 2015 o total de 2,6 milhões de dormidas de turistas estrangeiros em lazer e negócios. “Este é um sector onde a tentaçã…

Mercedes filma no Porto anúncio ao novo Classe A

Por  0 O P24 assistiu à filmagem de uma cena junto ao Dolce Vita. Fotos: AIP A Mercedes-Benz UK está a filmar no Porto, desde segunda-feira, o anúncio ao novo Classe A que será exibido no Reino Unido, no Outono. Uma equipa de cerca de 50 pessoas filmou “uma aventura” automóvel nas ruas apertadas do centro histórico, no Largo de Miragaia, junto ao Edifício da Alfândega, dentro e fora do Mercado do Bolhão e junto ao centro comercial Dolce Vita. As cenas – esta sexta-feira ainda há filmagens – estão a ser captadas em terra e no ar, com o auxílio de um helicóptero